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Chapter 132: Section 47. Definitions.

Section 47. As used in sections forty-seven to fifty, inclusive, the following words shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly requires otherwise:

"Forestry", the science, the art and the practice of conserving and managing for human benefit the natural resources, including trees, other plants, animals, soil and water, that occur on and in association with forest lands.

"Practice of forestry", any professional services requiring the application of forestry principles and techniques. Such services shall include, but not be limited to, forest inventory, forest management planning, timber appraisal, the responsibility for the direction and supervision of silvicultural activities, use and protection of forested areas, and the evaluation of the economic and biological consequences of forest management activities.

Chapter 132: Section 48. License requirement; penalties for violation.

Section 48. No person shall hold himself out as a forester and engage in the practice of forestry in the commonwealth unless he is licensed in accordance with section forty-nine.

A person who violates the provisions of this section or who fraudulently obtains or attempts to obtain such license or continues to practice forestry after suspension, expiration or revocation of his license, shall be punished by a fine of not less than five hundred nor more than one thousand dollars for each such violation. The superior court shall have jurisdiction to enforce the provisions of this section and to remedy any violation thereof.

Chapter 132: Section 49. Rules and regulations; suspension of license; annual expiration; fees.

Section 49. The director of the division of forests and parks shall promulgate rules and regulations hereunder, and shall issue licenses to persons to engage in the practice of forestry in accordance with such rules and regulations. Said director may revoke or suspend such license, if after hearing, he determines that any licensed forester has engaged in fraud, negligence, incompetence or misconduct in the practice of forestry. Licenses issued by said director shall expire annually on the anniversary date of the license granted for said forester. The fee for the issuance of such license shall be determined annually by the secretary of administration under the provisions of section three B of chapter seven, and such fees shall defray the entire cost of the administration of sections forty-seven to fifty, inclusive.

Chapter 132: Section 50. Forester licensing committee.

Section 50. There is hereby established a forester licensing committee, consisting of nine members, one of whom shall be the director of forests and parks, who shall act as chairman, one of whom shall be the chairman of the state forestry committee established in section forty-one or his designee, one of whom shall be the chief forester of the department, and six persons to be appointed by the governor, one of whom shall be a person nominated by the Massachusetts Association of Professional Foresters, one of whom shall be a licensed timber harvester, one of whom shall be an owner of classified forestland, one of whom shall be a representative of the executive office of consumer affairs, one of whom shall be a representative of the executive office of environmental affairs, and one of whom shall be a representative of an environmental organization. The forester licensing committee shall recommend qualifications and procedures for the licensing of foresters and shall assist the director in the preparation of rules and regulations for such licensing. Members of said commission shall serve without compensation.